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    2014 Deer Hunting Season

    Today is the start of deer hunting season in Iowa with the opening of Youth season. Anybody got any good stories or pictures of harvested deer or off trail cameras?

    I got my eye on this guy for early muzzleloader season next month.
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    Re: 2014 Deer Hunting Season

    Nice rack.



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    Re: 2014 Deer Hunting Season

    I took my grandson out for the first time yesterday. unfortunately we did not have one come in close enough but had a great time in the tree stand. we saw lots of Turkeys. I could not of asked for a better hunting partner



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    Re: 2014 Deer Hunting Season

    All early muzzleloader tags are gone. Does anyone know if you can get one if you are the landowner?



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    Re: 2014 Deer Hunting Season

    Quote Originally Posted by bringmagicback View Post
    All early muzzleloader tags are gone. Does anyone know if you can get one if you are the landowner?
    I believe you can. I was under the impression a landowners tag was good for all seasons.

    Im planning on taking my son during late muzzleloader. Don't have time for bow season or early muzzleloader and have had too many run ins with Morons during shotgun season. So that leaves late muzzleloader. Looking forward to some cold low key hunting after 20 years of dodging slugs during shotgun season. We had a good group but had too many bad groups around us to feel safe anymore.



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    Re: 2014 Deer Hunting Season

    Quote Originally Posted by FarminCy View Post
    I believe you can. I was under the impression a landowners tag was good for all seasons.

    Im planning on taking my son during late muzzleloader. Don't have time for bow season or early muzzleloader and have had too many run ins with Morons during shotgun season. So that leaves late muzzleloader. Looking forward to some cold low key hunting after 20 years of dodging slugs during shotgun season. We had a good group but had too many bad groups around us to feel safe anymore.

    If you have good food plots and low hunting pressure from neighbors, late season muzzle-loader works really well.

    I am looking forward to shotgun season. I don't group hunt, it's just not for me, so I sit in a tree stand/hunting shacks with my shotgun.

    Deer #s where I hunt (SE IA) seem good, lots of bucks on the trail cam so hopefully they stick around!



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    Re: 2014 Deer Hunting Season

    Quote Originally Posted by FarminCy View Post
    I believe you can. I was under the impression a landowners tag was good for all seasons.

    Im planning on taking my son during late muzzleloader. Don't have time for bow season or early muzzleloader and have had too many run ins with Morons during shotgun season. So that leaves late muzzleloader. Looking forward to some cold low key hunting after 20 years of dodging slugs during shotgun season. We had a good group but had too many bad groups around us to feel safe anymore.
    you were actually who I was hoping would reply. Landowners you either have to own the ground or directly rent the ground.....You cant be a non farming son on dads farmground or like in my case, I rent ground from my dad that is certified under my name, but its not the gruond that I want to hunt on?



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    Re: 2014 Deer Hunting Season

    Follow up question. Sorry to derail. Never turkey hunted before but I know where they are on our ground. Someone know what calls I need? Box and Mouth? Also, what is different about spring turkey hunting compared to fall? Different tactics?



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    Re: 2014 Deer Hunting Season

    Bowhunting whitetails is the only thing that is as awesome as Hoiball. I won't hunt much until closer to halloween. Could be a little tough this year with the corn most likely being in the field late.

    If anyone shoots a big one I'd love to see some pictures on here!


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    Re: 2014 Deer Hunting Season

    Quote Originally Posted by bringmagicback View Post
    you were actually who I was hoping would reply. Landowners you either have to own the ground or directly rent the ground.....You cant be a non farming son on dads farmground or like in my case, I rent ground from my dad that is certified under my name, but its not the gruond that I want to hunt on?

    You should be OK. I have gotten tags for my parents ground in the past. Even had DNR officer help me load a deer from my parents ground that I used landowners. I was told even if you're not direct tenant if you can show you make decisions for direct family ground you're OK too.

    I think iknowing the DNR in your area can go a long way with flexibility of landowners tags.



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    Re: 2014 Deer Hunting Season

    Quote Originally Posted by FarminCy View Post
    I believe you can. I was under the impression a landowners tag was good for all seasons.

    Im planning on taking my son during late muzzleloader. Don't have time for bow season or early muzzleloader and have had too many run ins with Morons during shotgun season. So that leaves late muzzleloader. Looking forward to some cold low key hunting after 20 years of dodging slugs during shotgun season. We had a good group but had too many bad groups around us to feel safe anymore.
    One of the biggest reasons I almost exclusively bow hunt. I especially avoid Southern Iowa.



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    Re: 2014 Deer Hunting Season

    Quote Originally Posted by bringmagicback View Post
    Follow up question. Sorry to derail. Never turkey hunted before but I know where they are on our ground. Someone know what calls I need? Box and Mouth? Also, what is different about spring turkey hunting compared to fall? Different tactics?
    I've never hunted them in the fall, but I imagine it's more "active" since they're not breeding like they are in the spring. You might have to do a lot more moving around to try and locate a flock. In the spring, its' pretty standard to just throw up a blind and some decoys, and then call them in close to get them to display.



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    Re: 2014 Deer Hunting Season

    Quote Originally Posted by farminclone View Post
    If you have good food plots and low hunting pressure from neighbors, late season muzzle-loader works really well.

    I am looking forward to shotgun season. I don't group hunt, it's just not for me, so I sit in a tree stand/hunting shacks with my shotgun.

    Deer #s where I hunt (SE IA) seem good, lots of bucks on the trail cam so hopefully they stick around!
    Hunting pressure will be an issue. However there are huge numbers of deer. Lots of food year round where we hunt. I also don't trophy hunt. I'll shoot a nice buck if one comes along but I very rarely pass on a nice fat doe. My wife loves using ground deer in lots of things so just getting one makes her happy. My son is 8 and this is his first time so just getting anything will make him happy, which most likely means a young dumb doe that walks close enough to us.



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    Re: 2014 Deer Hunting Season

    Quote Originally Posted by roundball View Post
    I've never hunted them in the fall, but I imagine it's more "active" since they're not breeding like they are in the spring. You might have to do a lot more moving around to try and locate a flock. In the spring, its' pretty standard to just throw up a blind and some decoys, and then call them in close to get them to display.
    Correct on fall turkey. I don't go but have close friends that do. It mainly consists of trying to catch them at feeding times or they do some spot and stalk. Which they say can be tough.



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    Re: 2014 Deer Hunting Season

    Quote Originally Posted by FarminCy View Post
    Hunting pressure will be an issue. However there are huge numbers of deer. Lots of food year round where we hunt. I also don't trophy hunt. I'll shoot a nice buck if one comes along but I very rarely pass on a nice fat doe. My wife loves using ground deer in lots of things so just getting one makes her happy. My son is 8 and this is his first time so just getting anything will make him happy, which most likely means a young dumb doe that walks close enough to us.
    I always try to shoot a doe each year just for the venison; it's a lot better tasting and easier to cook than a mature buck.

    I've also donated to the HUSH program. Most hunters I know are aware of it, but in case you guys aren't, it's a fantastic program that also helps needy people and I'd encourage you to look into it.



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